The Cleveland Browns are going to waive wide receiver Ricardo Louis.
Ricardo Louis is the second player that the Cleveland Browns waived Monday. The first being Derrick Kindred. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the news Monday Morning.
Louis was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. A neck injury kept Louis off the field for the entirety of the 2018 season. In his two seasons on the field Ricardo Louis caught 45 passes for 562 yards. Louis also returned nine kickoffs for 164 yards. Louis started 12 of the 32 games he appeared in during his time with the Browns.
Before the Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr., Louis appeared on the outside looking in. The receiver room had the likes of Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway and potentially Rashard Higgins (if he agrees to a deal with Cleveland). Now with Beckham in the mix, Louis is the odd man out.
Even if Ricardo Louis had not suffered an injury last season it was more than likely he was on his way out. New general manager John Dorsey has essentially cleaned house in regards to unproductive Sashi Brown players. Louis was not exactly a superstar when he did play. Although the fact that his quarterbacks were Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan, Charlie Whitehurst and DeShone Kizer does not exactly lead to productive play.
Could Ricardo Louis turn things around if given a chance to play with Baker Mayfield? Sure. Rashard Higgins was not considered to be anything of worth until Mayfield lined up under center, developing chemistry along the way. It is possible, but given the fact that the Browns have a stocked wide receiver group they do not necessarily needs Louis. It is best to let Louis potentially catch on with a different team and get a chance for more playing time than what he would have in Cleveland.